We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.
~ Jean Vanier
Sometimes the hardest things to do are really the simplest.
Kindness and love rarely make front page news or win gold medals, but they keep the world from spinning off its axis.
St. Valentine, who died close to 2,000 years ago, is best known for his association with those in love, but did you know he is also the patron saint of beekeepers. travellers, young people and those with epilepsy?
He concerned himself with all manner of people needing goodwill.
If the commercial romantic obsession of modern Valentine’s Day leaves you cold, think of it instead as a day to share kindness and friendship in a world desperately in need of love.
You might consider making some Simple Chocolate Truffles, too.
- 1 cups of semisweet chocolate chips or grated chocolate
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons liqueur of choice optional
Put chocolate in small bowl.
Heat cream in microwave or on stove top until bubbles begin to form around edges.
Add butter to chocolate, and pour heat cream over chocolate and butter.
Let sit 2-3 minutes, then stir until chocolate is thoroughly melted and mixture is smooth.
If a few unmelted bits of chocolate remain, heat the mixture in the microwave for 10-20 seconds and then stir again. Repeat as needed.
Add liqueur if using.
Set mixture in fridge to cool until it has set firmly.
You can leave the mixture in the fridge for several days until you are ready to make the truffles. Cover it and let it sit out for about 1/2 hour to soften when you are ready to use it.
Remove from fridge and scoop up 1-1/2 teaspoons of chocolate. Roll into a ball between your clean hands and place on parchment or aluminum foil lined sheet.
(This can get very messy as the chocolate softens. You will need to wash your hands from time to time as you roll the balls).
Continue with remaining chocolate.
You can roll the balls in toasted coconut, nuts, grated chocolate or cocoa powder if desired.
You can subsitute dark chocolate for the semisweet chocolate.
To make milk chocolate or white chocolate truffles, reduce the cream to 1/3 cup. The mixture will take longer to become firm.
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